We are sad to report two cases of boat arson in recent months, both directed at craft owned by teenagers. Some malicious soul saw fit to set alight boats which gave a great of fun on the water. The first was in August at the Mill. Minor damage to a pontoon occurred and a new large wooden boat house was at risk.

On Saturday night  3rd November a small cabin boat was ignited near the beach area by the slip. Police have been informed and hopefully the culprit[s] will be caught.

Local Lad Shows Us The Way

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Jay Latona, a 14 year old Millbrook teenager was given an old boat last year and showing initiative and ingenuity and after a lot of hard work has transformed a near hulk into a serviceable if somewhat ‘Heath Robinson’ sailing craft. Using bits and pieces given by local people he and friends were able to make their maiden sailing voyage this week. A roller boom enabled Jay to fit a main to the size of the boat and the weather was kind.

But which boat? Jay’s own research and trailing the web myself confirms that the craft is a Salterne Sharky, a 16′ trailer sailor designed by Parkgates Marine Ltd,built by Waterside Plastics Ltd and sold by Salterns Yacht Agency of Chichester. Cost in 1971 £425.

LOA 16′: LWL 15′: Beam 6′: Draft 1’6″: Displacement 1080 lbs: Ballast 360 lbs.

The keel is a foot wide and there is a footwell inside the cabin which is inset within the keel. Jay feels that this can be used to house additional ballast.

A quote from a 2005 web blog ” Another similar boat built around the same time was the SHARKY which was to my mind the best of this class of designs. I have not seen one advertised in years which since they were built in fair quantity suggests that either their owners are very well satisfied with them or they have all gone to Davy Jones Locker.”

Here’s one into which Jay is breathing new life.

He has named the boat “LAKEY”

Well Done


The results of the Responder Donation Vote are now with the Board.

A request was made on the licence application form to return the voting slip signed so that every vote could be accounted for. Unfortunately 10 slips were returned unsigned so they were regarded as spoilt and not counted. The votes of  3 members who are Responders were not counted. A number of payment slips and thus votes had not been returned by the requested date.


£1000 donation           13 votes

£2000 donation           21 votes

£3000 donation             8 votes

This means that a donation of £2000 will be forwarded to the Responders.

The Board would like to thank all members who participated in this democratic procedure regardless of their vote.


Tom Matthews, a retired farmer who has recently returned to live in Millbrook, dug in his own mooring mushroom last week but the Millbrook Mud got the better of him.

A passing stranger tried pulling him out but to no avail and eventually returned with a rope.He successfully pulled Tom out and dragged him face first over the mud to the roadside. Not very dignified but safe and sound although very muddy. Welcome to fundus farming Tom. He thought that wearing full sallopets created the problem so fellow sailors beware.

Tide Runner II safely at rest

How to get to your Mooring?

From Southdown to a Millbrook Mooring is 2500 miles!  Yes Keith took the long way round to his mooring last year.

“Watershed”, a Westerley Konsort Duo spent the winter at Voyager and was launched in April 2011.

She arrived on her mooring in August, having turned left out of Plymouth Sound and going the long way round the top of Scotland.

Keith Bousfield [ our newest committee member] explained that he did not want his nice new coat of antifouling to get any Millbrook mud on it and thought the best way to avoid this was to keep afloat. It worked too, she was dried out on the Camel Estuary near Padstow after 15 weeks and was still clean with the mearest trace of weed and not a single barnacle! 12 weeks on a Millbrook mooring restored her to the usual condition although the barnacles were smaller than last year.

The weather in the north was “disappointing” but it was much the same everywhere so she might have spent much of the time on the mooring anyway, which would have been preferable to several Scottish anchorages in Force 9/10.

Highlight of the voyage? The sight of Rame Head as she approached her mooring at last.

Quite a feat.


Not quite the Right Way

Dear Member,

At the AGM of Millbrook Lake Mooring Association Ltd held on 14th December 2011 the membership present voted for the following motions by a clear majority.

A.  This meeting agrees in principle to a donation to the Responder Services in 2012


B.  This meeting agrees to consult the whole membership via a covering letter with the licence application form. Option to vote for £1000, £2000, or £3000 donation. To abide by majority decision.

The principle of such a donation was set out in the 2002 constitution of the Millbrook Lake Mooring Association and reiterated in the objectives of the MLMA Ltd when set up in 2005.

In presenting these motions to the AGM,the Board felt that the Association had sufficient funds at this time to contemplate such a gesture.

We ask therefore all licenced members to tick the appropriate box giving your view on the exact amount to be donated. Please return your slip signed [ so that each vote can be accounted for] with the licence application form.

The amount donated will thus be decided by the majority vote of all eligible members.

Thankyou for your participation. If you wish for further clarification please email

Yours sincerely

Charles Clements



Artists at Work

Richard checking a Winch Support

Richard Crane has been working on his own since 1982 after leaving Mashfords. At present he is nearing the end of his career at Foss Quay working on the Norwegian 6 metre racing yacht ‘Iolanthe’.This was rescued from a Chichester beach and is being lovingly restored to its former glory by Richard and Dave.The yacht was designed and built in South Norway in 1915 and has spent time at the Northumberland RYC and North Wales during its 100 year life.

Winch Support
Formidable Rudder
Hatchway Top
Dave completing a Winch Support
Companion Way
Bare Ribs

Demolition Job

For a few months Tony Edwards will be engaged in the demolition of an old fishing boat

on the north side of the Lake . He is using a large floating vessel to house the fishing boat

whilst it is taken apart.  All traces of the work will be removed when the work is


Boat Watch Scheme

Steve Creese is acting as Coordinator for a Boat Watch scheme.

He will sending out an application form and explanatory booklets to all members soon.
Please give the correspondence consideration as it is in our interests to increase our security. The leaflet includes reference to a ‘marking’ company  [] which you may like to investigate.

Application Forms can be returned to Steve at 34, Molesworth Terrace, Millbrook.

Beach Area near DAM

During 2011 the MLMA Board were in contact with the Environment Agency with a view to clearing the beach area near the Dam. Over the past years this site had become a dumping ground for old trailers and boats. The area was a mess to put it frankly and a health and safety hazard.

Boat owners were duly warned [see notice above ]. All unclaimed usable tenders were moved off the site. The Environment Agency work detail arrived in July and cleared the site of all remaining hulks and debris and left the area tidy. They did an excellent job free of charge. The MLMA now have an annual Lease on the site and intend not to let it deteriorate to its previous state.

Stainless Steel railings , fashioned by Tony Edwards, were installed using our own labour.These will enable tender owners to secure their boats. A notice was erected warning members of the public that only licenced craft would be allowed on the site. The grass will be cut regularly.

Please contact our Mooring Officer if you wish to keep a tender on the site.


Buoy Identification

July 2011

During a survey of the Lake in 2010 it emerged that only about 35% of buoys were labelled. In order to rectify this and enable the MLMA to administer the Lake in a more efficient manner [ eg. tracing owners of breakaway boats ] each license holder will be issued with a small identification buoy already labelled with the mooring number.

Notices were issued recently asking members to pick up their buoys from Patrick Keefe, Mooring Officer, who is responsible for distributing them.

Many members have done so and the buoys are appearing on the Lake. The Board appeal to all members to cooperate and make sure their buoys are collected and attached to their mooring.

For pickup please contact Patrick at

All unidentified buoys will subsequently be removed from the Lake.

This policy was instituted after years of asking for proper labelling of moorings.